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“Here Today” (Sony)

Laura Benanti, Penn Badgley, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish and Audrey Hsieh star in a scene from the movie "Here Today." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Cara Howe, Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service In adapting a short story by his script partner, Alan Zweibel, director and co-writer Billy Crystal sets out to blend breezy humor with poignant drama. But his chronicle of the friendship between the aging comedy writer he plays and a buoyant street singer (Tiffany Haddish) whom the scribe meets by chance […]

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“Wrath of Man” (MGM)

Cameron Jack, Darrell D'Silva, Jason Statham, and Babs Olusanmokun star in a scene from the movie "Wrath of Man." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/MGM)

By Catholic News Service When a taciturn new employee (Jason Statham) joins a Los Angeles armored car company, it’s obvious to the audience, if not to his fellow employees (most prominently Holt McCallany), that he has an agenda of his own, one that eventually pits him against a gang of thieves made up of disgruntled […]

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“From darkness into Light”: Lexington parish responds in faith to church fire

A bouquet of flowers and a welcoming message for the St. Mary, Lexington, faith community were placed at the entrance to St. Joseph Church the weekend of May 1-2. "We hope you will find comfort here as your beloved church is repaired," the sign reads. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an update to a story originally posted on April 28. LEXINGTON — The interior of St. Mary Church here will be dark for several months following an April 28 fire, but the light of Christ is shining all the brighter outside its walls through the faith-filled members of this parish. “All […]

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“Treasures” from Archbishop Sheen arrive ahead of Mass on his birthday Saturday

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and Paul Cunningham -- great-nephew of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen -- lift a prie dieu (kneeler) often used by the famed media pioneer and author when he prayed. The kneeler is among the sainthood candidate's personal items being donated to the Sheen Foundation by Joan Sheen Cunningham, Archbishop Sheen's closest living relative. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Saturday is Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s birthday, and his niece is giving the Sheen Foundation a truckload of very special gifts — personal items from her famous uncle including the Emmy Award that Archbishop Sheen won in 1952 for his television show, “Life is Worth Living.” Joan Sheen Cunningham, who lives in New York […]

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New rosary garden at Holy Family in Danville is parish family’s ‘work of love’

The new rosary garden at Holy Family Parish in Danville is in the shape of a monstrance when viewed from above. It features a statue of the Holy Family in the center and the beads of the rosary on the walkway. (For the Catholic Post/Deb Edwards)

DANVILLE — What began with a tree to memorialize a beloved friend and parishioner blossomed into a rosary garden that will provide an “oasis for prayer” for Holy Family Parish and this community for years to come. The garden — located on what had been a vacant lot at 444 E. Main St. south of […]

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Lindsey Weishar: Holy Uncertainty

The Resurrection window at St. John's Catholic Chapel in Champaign. (Provided photo)

My Vocation is Love / Lindsey Weishar If you’re ever at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center in Champaign for an evening Mass you may detect a light shining through the small Resurrection window behind the altar on the right side of the church. The light’s coming from Room 205; I know this because it was […]

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Sister Cor Marie, SSND, has lived up to her name for 70 years of religious life

Father Chales Klamut presents a flower arrangement to Sister Cor Marie Cielocha, SSND, who renewed her vows and received a blessing from him at Mass on April 25 at St. Anthony Church in Bartonville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BARTONVILLE — Sister Cor Marie Cielocha would have been satisfied to teach as a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 25 or even 40 years. Instead the Lord gave her 70 years and she couldn’t be happier. “I’m grateful — grateful to God that he let me teach the little children,” she […]

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Summer gift ideas for young Catholics

Reviewer Katie Bogner recommends these three books for consideration as gifts for First Communicants, confirmands, and high school or college graduates. (Provided photo)

Reviewed by Katie Bogner Whether you are looking for sacrament and celebration gifts or suggestions for fun summer reading, here are some great new books for Catholic kids. For Your First Communicant “Saved by the Lamb: Moses and Jesus” — Maura Roan McKeegan This is the newest edition to the Old and New series, a […]

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After a year apart, PDCCW gathers volunteers for Mass, awards for service

Seventeen of the 25 women recognized with certificates of appreciation at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass celebrate by having their photo taken with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, who presided at the April 29 liturgy at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women was forced to cancel last year’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the good work done by women around the Diocese of Peoria continued. That service was recognized at a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on April 29. Certain aspects of […]

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Conversion to Christ is a Divine gift

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 9 Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 All the readings chosen for this Sunday reinforce the fundamental principle that in matters of faith, first God acts and then we freely respond. Even in conversion, first God gives a person the grace needed to convert, […]

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